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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

In this video, you’ll see how to make a simple recipe for vodka and tomato cream sauce with sweet Italian sausage. Red pepper flakes add a bit of spice to the mix and, along with the vodka, helps draw out flavors from the other ingredients. You won’t taste the vodka in this recipe—and the alcohol boils off as it cooks. This quick-and-easy recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes! Check out Star Pooley’s 5-star recipe for Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce. Toss with penne pasta and fresh parsley for a delicious and quick weeknight meal.

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Most vodka sauce recipes add the vodka much earlier in the cooking process and reduce and cook off the alcohol then. When making this recipe I did add the vodka with the tomatoes but let it simmer for an hour or so. Added the creme just before serving. Delish.

  • Patrice Franklin

So yummy and easy to make. My family really enjoyed this. Even though we don't eat pepper, the flakes were just enough spice. I used tri coloured spirals instead. we didn't even miss the cheese.Thank you. The vodka really did bring it all together.I used turkey sausages. Did I mention yummy. Even better the next day. :)

  • David DeGarmo

Looked good, tried it and it tasted good. I would also add basil rather than parsley. However, the notion that alcohol cooks off is flat out wrong and has been proven wrong in many studies. One study in particular, done by researchers at The University of Idaho and Washington State University in 1992, demonstrated that as much as 85% of the alcohol is retained when added to boiling liquid then shortly after removed from the heat.If you really are concerned about the alcohol, don't add it.